2016 Round Table Conference – Call for Papers

Call for Abstracts: 2016 Annual Conference
14-17 May 2016
Bayview on the Park,
52 Queens Road, Melbourne, Australia

Conference Theme:
Access and engagement with the marketplace of information, technologies and learning

Information access is important to all persons with print disabilities, and has many dimensions including format (braille, large print, E-text, etc.), facilities (libraries, agencies, educational institutions, government bodies) and modes of access (tablet, laptop, refreshable braille). The 2016 Conference will explore the ever-expanding opportunities presented to people with print disabilities for communication, learning and information access and creation.

Conference Aims

  • To share information about the latest developments in provision of accessible information
  • To provide and promote accessible information for people with print disabilities
  • To enhance dialogue between users and providers of accessible information
  • To promote and enhance collaborative partnerships and peer support networks
  • To showcase and workshop examples of best practice in the provision of accessible information and technology for children and adults with print disabilities
  • To explore policies, frameworks, supports and services provided for children and adults with print disabilities in work places, educational institutions and local communities

Suggested presentation topics

  • Legislation, policies, research and/or service delivery models that promote equitable information access for children and adults with print disabilities
  • Specialist and mainstream technology, including new and emerging technologies
  • Literacy development for children and adults with print disabilities
  • Provision and cataloguing of accessible information
  • Innovative strategies and practices in print accessibility
  • Recent developments in copyright, disability standards and Round Table guidelines
  • Issues relating to print disability in school, work and community contexts
  • Implications of policies, frameworks and activities under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for Australians with print disabilities
  • Workshops demonstrating the creation of accessible documents, websites and/or graphical images

Types of presentations

  • Oral presentation of approximately 30 minutes (20 minute presentation plus 10 minutes for audience questions or discussion)
  • Panel presentation, with 10 minutes allocated to each presenter on the panel. Each panel session will include time for audience questions and discussion
  • Interactive workshop presentation of 60 or 90 minutes duration, providing opportunities for the active engagement of participants
  • Poster presentation that will be exhibited in a dedicated space for informal browsing, with opportunities for presenters to discuss their posters with Conference participants

Conference participants and presenters

The Conference provides a forum for all of those with an involvement or interest in information access for children and adults who cannot readily access standard print. Conference participants and presenters generally include the following:

  • Individuals with print disabilities, including people with vision impairment, learning disability and dyslexia
  • Disability service providers, including national and local government agencies, education and rehabilitation professionals, librarians, and web and technology developers
  • Consumer representative organisations
  • Publishers and accessible format producers

Closing date for Abstract submissions: 4 December 2015

Please complete and return the Round Table Abstract Submission Form to:
Frances Gentle
By Post: RIDBC Renwick Centre, 361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks, NSW 2151 Australia
By Email: frances.gentle@ridbc.org.au

For general information about the Conference, please contact:
Marjorie Hawkings, Administration Officer
By Email: admin@printdisability.org

Telephone: (03) 9010 6251 (for overseas calls: +61 3 9010 6251)